What Is The Age Of My House?

How can you determine the age of a house, and more importantly, why would you want to?

The other day I was talking to a friend who is also starting a property investment venture. He’s only at the early stages; browsing through potential properties with his estate agent. He was shown this one particular property that he had taken a liking to. He was told the property was 4yrs old, but based on his observations, the fittings of the property looked like it had gone through more than 4yrs of punishment. The kitchen looked a little “dull”, as did the walls throughout the property. He didn’t confront the estate agent, but nonetheless he was suspicious.

Here are methods you can use to determine how old a property is:

1) Meter reader

Sometimes the meter reader will have a date installed on it- assuming that it hasn’t been upgraded since the original. Check the box for a date.

2) Ask the neighbours

Don’t be afraid to knock on a few neighbours doors and ask how old their property is. If their property looks exactly like yours, the odds are they were built at the same time.

3) Council

Your local council will have all the details regarding every property with in their region. Call them and find out when the property was built.

4) Architectural style

Look at the shape of the house, particularly the roof and the position of the windows. The style of the architecture will tell you a lot about the age of the property. Here’s a list of different styles, a great reference : architecture.about.com/library/bl-styles_index.htm

My friend decided to call the council, and it turns out the property was in fact 15yrs old. Estate Agents. 15 Reasons Why Estate Agents Are Idiots

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rUPERT BEDDINGTON 17th December, 2011 @ 17:34

I am trying to finding out how old beachmont grove in Hengrove in Bristol is?,
The information i have been told it is early eighites, can you let me know please.

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Jeremy 17th December, 2011 @ 18:35

It can't be early eighties. If it was really early eighties it would be called New Beachmont Grove.

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Annie 28th March, 2012 @ 18:34

This is a bit confusing. We purchased a home last year. The county lists its age as 1965; however, we have since found out from the previous owner that it was actually built some time in the 1930s in downtown San Antonio, TX, and moved to the property in the mid1950s. It was originally a duplex and remodelled into a single family home at some point. I contacted the county and they said that there were no records on this property until a will was contested in 1965. It has never had any permits on this house or any of the surrounding homes. They were originally part of a larger tract (over 500 acres). Water wasn't brought to the property until 10 years ago. Our electric company says that they only have records dating back to the 80s. We have propane but the company that the previous owners used says their records only date back to the 2005s. The family can't remember anything else specific. Can you refer me to a good website that might list general building info that could help?

FYI - It has double hung leaded glass windows, knob-n-tube wiring, the fuse box was upgraded to breakers at some point, we have a 1954 stove, the floors are thick oak hardwood with no subfloor, on a crawl space, black water septic system, um, no insulation, walls are old panelling, bathroom in 6x6 and was poorly remodelled in the 60s, 12' celings, bungalow style with large cement porches (front & back), currently approx 1700 sq ft with 2 bdrms, very few kitchen cupboards that are ancient, sink in kitchen is cast iron double, deep, sink from original bathroom is under house and was wall mount cast iron.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Michele faulkner 30th May, 2013 @ 21:34

I live at 55 Montpelier road se15
I'm assuming that its Victorian but not sure.
I'd love to know please

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Benji 31st May, 2013 @ 00:33

@Michele,

Pretty sure it is Victorian.

Similar architecture properties on Montpelier road are mentioned in the 1891 census.

If you knock on the door of number 71, Sue Hill of The Peckham Society can probably tell you exactly what month and year it was built.

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keith 10th January, 2014 @ 12:23

I am trying to find the age of 2 queens en8 7pp. I am doing a quantity surveying degree, and I have asked " different professionals a builder and an architect and been given two different dates could you help me narrow it down?.

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Phil 21st February, 2014 @ 11:40

It’s really important to know the age of the property you are going to buy. I like your advice about asking your would-be neighbors about the house you are investing. As a rule, people are afraid of asking lots of questions that are important to know. Just remember when you are investing your money, don’t be afraid of asking! Even if you have hundreds of questions! Every single detail can be significant. There are several ways in which you can find out the age of the property. First, you can get in touch with the local council; secondly you can go to the land registry. Both of these will have the full information on the properties in the area you are interested in.

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Lucy 7th June, 2014 @ 16:42

I've been told my house is Elizabethan but it is'nt like the original Elizabethan home styles

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janet 31st August, 2014 @ 16:28

Can anyone till me ages of houses in Caldwells Road and Penare Terrace Penzance Cornwal.thanks

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Benji 31st August, 2014 @ 23:46

Hello Janet,

My guess is that they look late Victorian, about 1890's.

Also Oliver Caldwell was a well known Penzance architect from around that time.

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